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Blackhouse

Industrial
Eureka, California, USA

Blackhouse is a Christian industrial band based in Eureka, California. Blackhouse plays what has been cited as “primo industrial rock,” contrasting with industrial rock styles promulgated by artists such as NIN, Klank, or Circle of Dust. Blackhouse was formed in 1984 and is cited as the first band to make industrial music for the Christian market.

Musically acclaimed and sometimes cited as being a founding band of the entire genre, Blackhouse has ensued for over three decades, and the band has produced a myriad of releases in that time. Often the band finds itself riding the fine line between artistic expression and forming a message in a way that could be accepted in the broad Christian community. One album featured a cover showing a bunny crucified, with the thought of exposing the real meaning of Easter.

The sound that Blackhouse offered was far outside the norms of Christian music at the time of the band's formation, and live performances met with resistance from both the Christian right and Neo-Nazi youth organizations. The Neo-Nazi groups protested the religious content, which was unusual in a genre more known for espousing negative themes including nihilism, pornography, sadomasochism, and drug culture, and the Christians took point with the style that the band offered, again due to its association with negative elements of society. After a time the band went underground, focusing on producing recorded material rather than touring.

Their music continues to be on the cutting edge of creativity and experimental, avant-garde music. One review of their 2006 collaborative project Beetu Lathri Kwan found that their genre-mixing produced what was deemed an “intentional dissolution of traditional concepts of… music.” The music's effect on the reviewers has shown a great variety of responses. One reviewer reported that the sound finds the “border of our conscious and unconscious thinking,” while others have insisted that the sound is “barely good for background noise” or “more frustrating than enjoyable.” Lyrics are generally noted as being few and far between, but containing positive messages and espousing Christian faith.

Discography

1984 Pro-Life Ladd-Frith
1985 Hope Like a Candle Ladd-Frith
1986 Five Minutes After I Die Ladd-Frith
1987 Holy War RRRecords
1988 We Will Fight Back! Staalplaat
1989 Stairway to Heaven Ladd-Frith
1990 The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost Ladd-Frith
1990 Material World Ladd-Frith
1991 Hidden Beneath the Metal Ladd-Frith
1994 Stairway to a Gospel Word Discordia
1995 Shock the Nation! Discordia
1998 Shades of Black Blacklight Records
1998 Lawnmowerman NoWhere Arts
1999 Sex Sex Sex Dark Vinyl Records
2000 Dreams Like These Blacklight Records
2002 Heart of Black Ladd-Frith
2002 Vox Ultra Ladd-Frith
2005 Dribbles Ladd-Frith
2012 Beyond the Gates of Good & Evil Ladd-Frith
2014 Rhythm Boxing 2 / Special Edition Ladd-Frith
2015 Yuen Ultra-Mail Productions
2016 Live in Leipzig Dark Vinyl Records
2016 Ignite Blackhouse Youth No Emb Blanc

Pro-Life

1984 Ladd-Frith
1984 Le Syndicat
1992 Minus Habens Records
1997 Metal Field ‎/ Ladd-Frith
2014 Steinklang Industries

Sterling Cross
Ivo Cutler
Roger Farrell

  1. Born Again
  2. Love
  3. Jesus Loves You
  4. Always By Your Side
  5. Long Live Life ….into…. The One Truth
  6. Pro-Life
  7. Power of the Lion
  8. Go (Positive Path)
  9. Prayer
  10. Apparition ….into…. Abolition of Strife
  11. Be Good
1997 CD Reissue
  1. Anti-Hell
  2. Punk Rock's Come!
  3. March of the Molten Soldiers
  4. I'm the Guy (Version 1.0)
  5. Skull Splitter
  6. Walk on Water
  7. One Thing
  8. Blackhouse
  9. Feed Me
  10. Worldly
  11. Wheels of Steel
  12. Lonesome Love

Side 1 (track 1-6): No Rhythm
Side 2 (tracks 7-11): Pro-Rhythm
Bonus tracks: Not Available


Hope Like a Candle

1985 Ladd-Frith
1985 RRRecords (RRR 777)
1992 Dark Vinyl Records (DV #12)

Sterling Cross
Ivo Cutler

  1. Hope Like a Candle
  2. #11
  3. What Do You Know About Me?
  4. Roger Wasn't…..
  5. Let Me Count the Ways
  6. Rhythmus
  7. Mercy Seat
  8. The 2 Classes of People
  9. Judgement
  10. Sentence
  11. Blackhouse
  12. Countdown

Five Minutes After I Die

1986 Ladd-Frith
1986 Cause and Effect
1989 Geschmack Records (SC-002)
1993 Dark Vinyl Records (DVLR 1)
1993 Blackhouse Music (BHCD5)

Ivo Cutler
Sterling Cross

  1. Five Minutes After I Die
  2. His Zion
  3. Halo Hearth
  4. Answer for You
  5. A Thousand Tongues
  6. Numerology
  7. Five Minutes After I Die (Reprise)

(to be continued)